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Salem, New Hampshire is in Rockingham County. The area was first settled in 1652, although it was not known as Salem at that time. By 1736, it was the North Parish of Methuen, Massachusetts, and was sometimes referred to as the Methuen District. When the boundary between Massachusetts and New Hampshire was settled in 1741, the North Parish became part of New Hampshire, and was named Salem, for the nearby Massachusetts city. Salem was incorporated by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth in 1750. The amusement park, Canobie Lake Park, was established by the Massachusetts Northeast Street Railway Company in 1902, offering trolley excursions to Salem, adding a resort flavor to the town. The trolley gave way to the automobile, but Canobie Lake Park continues in operation. John H. Sununu, the 75th governor of New Hampshire, was a resident of Salem, as was his son, John E. Sununu, U.S. congressman and senator.


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